Dutch government collapse over Afghan front

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  1. Turambar

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    Well, it's like a good divorce. I think Belgium is past a certain critical point already. However, the seperating parties can't agree on the terms. BHV is currently the number one issue - but there are others. And they're not going to split before that's sorted satisfactory. However, where normal weddings end in court, politicians have to sort matters amongst each other. And, cheered on by their supporters, all subtlety has long gone. Basically, Belgium is now bound by squabble.
     
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    But bound nontheless :D
     
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    So let's keep Belgium united.After all they make good guns,good beer and they have/had a good-looking Royal couple.Right?Long live the king.

    Well ok actually...if the Waloons have nowhere to go really and Flanders is not planning on joining Netherlands either...well then splitting up and becoming even weaker is stupid.
     
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    Hmmmmmm Wallonia can join Luxemburg? :p
     
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    oh yeah. >.> sounds like a not-plan.
     
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    heh - if anyone though the constitutional crisis was done and dealt with... it's not.

    Well, that is to say, we're nearing the end. BBC article

    Sofar, the leaders of the right-winged liberal VVD, Christian-democratic CDA and, for want of a better description, Wilder's PVV reached an agreement. VVD and CDA are to form a gouvernment with the support of PVV, which doesn't participate as such in the gouvernment itself. This will give them a one seat majority in the Second Chamber - and a minority in the First Chamber.

    There is a snag, though. The members representing CDA in the second chambers are not unanimous about the adoption of the agreement. At least two MPs still object, potentially cutting the coalition short of a majority in the Second Chamber. The so-called dissidents object against any form of co-operation with PVV - but might still be persuaded. A third dissident, notably a minister in the parting gouvernment, already resigned his seat. Tomorrow, there will be a national CDA convention in which its members get a say in the matter.


    As for the ban on islamic veils - it is not clear from the text what the intended measure might be. The text states the following; The gouvernment will propose a general prohibition on face covering clothing, such as burqas"

    This is the only line about islamic veils - or indeed any veil. A motivation has not been given - but it appears that security reasons are being used. Whether balaclavas, carnival masks and mascot suits will also be covered under the ban is unclear. However, given the constitution as it stands, it's unlikely burqas can be banned without affecting more trivial face covering.